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NEW ORLEANS -- A 7-year-old girl and a woman she was with are in serious condition after they were shot in broad daylight.

The gunfire erupted on Airline Highway and Palmetto Street paralyzing traffic for hours.

'I think its really horrid that the city has really took a violent turn to include young people on the victim's list,' said Silence is Violence Executive Director Tamara Jackson.

As the sun started to set on a Hollygrove neighborhood, NOPD detectives searched for clues. A neighbor who didn't want to go on-camera tells Eyewitness News she heard a flurry of gunfire.

The pop-pop-pop-pop sent police to the area around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Police would find two people badly injured. 'We have a mid-30 year old female who's in the hospital with a serious injury from a gunshot wound and we have a 7-year-old young child who's at the hospital suffering from a serious gunshot wound,' said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

Serpas confirmed both victims tried to get away.

'We do know that they ran from the area where gunshots occurred,' Serpas said.

Investigators are still trying to figure out a motive and track down whoever might be responsible. Serpas said the shooting may be connected to something that happened in another part of Hollygrove earlier in the day.

While these latest shooting victims remain hospitalized and in serious condition, Jackson said we all need to do more to stop the violence across the city.

'The public, the departmental agencies, the police department, and we need people to be honest and share the reality of what exists,' said Jackson.

If you can help detectives solve this case, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

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